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  NFL Draft

Four Auburn players lived a dream this past weekend as their names were called during the 2018 NFL Draft. Braden Smith, Kerryon Johnson, Carlton Davis and Daniel Carlson were each selected in the seven-round draft and are headed to the NFL.

Smith was the first Tiger to be selected, being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round. Johnson and Davis were taken later that round, with the the Detroit Lions selecting Johnson and Davis being picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carlson was drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Vikings

Each of the four players have realistic potential to be playmakers in the NFL soon -- if not immediately. Smith joins a Colts team that allowed an NFL-high 56 sacks last year, Johnson's Lions finished last in rushing in 2017, Davis joins a Bucs secondary that finished with the worst pass defense last season and Carlson becomes a Viking, whose kicker signed this offseason missed the most extra points last year in the NFL.

While the excitement of potential is high for Smith, Johnson, Davis and Carlson, they aren't the only former Auburn players with a chance to make it in the NFL. A host of Tigers were signed as free agents after the seven-round draft ended.

Jeff Holland, Trey Matthews, Kamryn Pettway, Austin Golson, Darius James, Tre' Williams, Stephen Roberts and Wilson Bell have all signed with a team. Center Casey Dunn was invited to a mini-camp.

Holland was one of the bigger surprises of not being drafted. The former Buck standout left Auburn a year early for the draft, as did running back Kamryn Pettway.

Auburn's 2018 NFL Draft total was one less than the program record. The Tigers had eight former players signed as undrafted free agents or receive mini-camp invites following the 2017 draft. There were 12 in 2016 and 14 in 2015.


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